February, 2021
Mr. Sanjay Seth, CEO GRIHA Council
One month into 2021, we are finally starting to see visible improvement on the pandemic situation with the development of vaccines. However, as we return to our normal lifestyles and start working diligently toward making up for lost time, it is essential to remember that it will be a long time before COVID-19 is truly eradicated and we must continue to maintain vigilance.

We at GRIHA Council have returned to our workplaces full time with necessary precautions and with renewed vigour as version 2019 of the GRIHA rating system continues to gain momentum and we work toward phasing out older versions in a systematic manner. In-depth training modules are in the final stages of development and programmes on a virtual platform will soon be underway, providing information on GRIHA in particular and other specific programmes related to sustainability in general.

From 25th to 27th March 2021, we will be hosting the Regional GRIHA Summit at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. It is our annual flagship event organized in association with key stakeholders in the construction industry to discuss and deliberate on furthering the cause of sustainable habitats in India. This edition will be an ideal platform for the exchange of ideas and discussions regarding latest developments in the realm of sustainability and technological advancements in the construction sector. Resilience in the need of the hour and this year’s theme connects the dots between sustainable development, resilient growth and India’s environmental and developmental goals. I would encourage everyone in the Mumbai region with an interest in sustainability and green buildings to attend this in-person event, I am certain it would be an eye-opening and insightful experience.
  11th Regional GRIHA Summit 2021
The GRIHA Council's flagship event, the 11th Regional GRIHA Summit 2021, is collocated this year with India's premier Built Environment India Expo at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. With the theme "Sustainable Today, Resilient Tomorrow", this edition will be an ideal platform for the exchange of ideas and discussions regarding the latest sustainability developments and technological advancements in the construction sector. Resilience in the need of the hour and this year's theme allies Sustainable Developments and Resilient Performance and endeavours to connect the nation’s environmental and construction goals.
  Important announcements
  New products have been enlisted in the GRIHA product catalogue
Company name:Polybond Insulation Pvt. Ltd.
Product name:Rockwool Thermal Insulation
Product typology:Insulation
Company name:M/S Dhanbad Rockwool Insulation Pvt. Ltd
Product name:Rockwool Slab for Roof and Wall Application
Product typology:Insulation
Company name:Indian Insulation and Engineering
Product name:Coolrooftm Heat Reflective Paint
Product typology:High SRI external paints/ tiles
Company name:Retas Enviro Solutions Private Limited
Product name:FRP Based Rainwater Harvesting Filter
Product typology:Rain Water Harvesting Filtration Systems
Company name:UAL KON_CRETE (A unit of UAL Industries Limited)
Product name:Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Blocks
Product typology:Fly-ash bricks/AAC Blocks
  Editor's choice
Production of Sustainable Construction Materials Using Agro-Wastes
The construction sector, in modern times, is faced by a myriad of challenges primarily due to the increase in the urban population and dwindling natural resources that facilitate the production of construction materials. Furthermore, higher awareness on climate change is forcing companies to rethink their strategies in developing more sustainable construction materials. Diverse types of agro-waste ranging from rice husk ash (RHA), sugarcane bagasse ash (SCBA), and bamboo leaves ash (BLA) among others have been identified as potent solutions in the development of sustainable construction materials.
The environmental challenge posed by cigarette butt litter
Falling under the category of post-consumer waste, cigarette litter could easily be categorized as a public nuisance, especially for those that have fewer resources to clean it. Cellulose acetate-based cigarette filter is considered the world’s most littered form of plastic. With close to 4.5 trillion butts polluting the global environment, this form of litter accounts for close to 26,454 tonnes of waste generated annually in India. Though one of the neglected waste streams, Oceans Conservancy, an international advocacy group, categorised cigarette butts as second among the top three articles collected during beach clean-ups globally. Numerous studies document filters as becoming accumulated masses of potentially toxic waste, posing physical harm to land and marine life when ingested and potentially polluting groundwater near landfills not containing leachate.
Despite Owning an Electric Car, This Kerala Doctor Reduced His Power Bill by 96%
There could be a plethora of reasons that motivate an individual to move towards a sustainable way of life. For Jojo John, resident of Kochi, Kerala, it was a headline about the United Kingdom banning fuel vehicles by 2030. Fascinated by how an entire country would switch to alternate modes of transportation, he decided to buy an electric car and even power his house with solar energy. “My electricity bill was soaring and reached Rs 4,000 a month during the summer season. So, I installed solar panels in January 2020 to power the appliances of daily use. I was also contemplating buying an electric car as I realised that installing solar panels could power an electric vehicle as well.

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